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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,
HIGHWAY DIVISION

 

DIVISION 73

102"-WIDE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES — COMBINATIONS NOT SUBJECT
TO OVERALL LENGTH RESTRICTIONS

734-073-0050

Purpose and Scope

(1) The purpose of OAR chapter 734, division 73 is to:

(a) Implement federal laws for combinations of vehicles, sizes and weights; and

(b) Continue issuing permits for similar commercial combinations of vehicles on designated state highways.

(2) Division 73 rules apply to the operation, over designated state highways, of certain vehicles and vehicle combinations described in Sections 411, 412 and 416 of Public Law 97-424, also known as the “Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982”, hereinafter referred to as STAA 1982 and available from the Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) Over-Dimension Permit Unit. Section 411 of STAA 1982, 49 U.S.C. secs. 3111-3112, relates to the lengths of truck-tractor with semitrailer combinations and truck-tractor with semitrailer and trailer combinations. Section 412(a)(2) of STAA 1982 relates to bus length and reasonable access. Division 73 rules also authorize special equipment transporting logs.

(3) When a conflict between OAR chapter 734, division 71 and division 73 occurs and the conflict will result in the loss of Federal funds, division 73 rules must prevail for the specified combinations of vehicles when operating on National Network Highways and those other highways where reasonable access beyond one mile has been granted.

(4) Drivers of all combinations of vehicles authorized by OAR chapter 734, division 73, must have a valid commercial driver license appropriate for the combination of vehicles being operated.

(5) OAR chapter 734, division 73 does not apply to vehicles licensed as, or which can be used as, recreational vehicles as defined in ORS 446.003(36) or to any combination of more than two vehicles not used exclusively for commercial purposes and subject to ORS Chapters 823 and 825.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616 184.619, 810.060, 823.011
Stats. Implemented: ORS 810.050, 818.030, 818.200, 818.220
Hist.: 2HD 20-1983, f. & ef. 9-23-83; HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HWY 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-16-93; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWY 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 8-26-97; TO 2-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-14-01; HWD 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-27-11

734-073-0051

Definitions

As used in division 73 rules, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) "Automobile transporter" means a combination of vehicles that transports vehicles on a semitrailer and may also transport vehicles on the power unit behind the cab or on an over-cab rack.

(2) "Automobile transporter towing stinger-steered semitrailer" means an automobile transporter having the fifth-wheel assembly mounted on a stinger or extension to the framework of the truck. The fifth-wheel connection must be behind and below the axle in front of it.

(3) "Boat transporter" means a combination of vehicles that transports boats on a semitrailer and may also transport boats on the power unit behind the cab or on an over-cab rack.

(4) "Boat transporter towing stinger-steer semitrailer" means a boat transporter having the fifth-wheel assembly mounted on a stinger or extension to the framework of the truck. The fifth-wheel connection must be behind and below the axle in front of it.

(5) "Bus" means a vehicle designed and operated exclusively to transport not less than 10 persons excluding the driver, primarily for hire. The term "bus" does not include motor homes or busses converted or used for any other purpose.

(6) "Drive-away saddlemount vehicle transporter combination" and "drive-away saddlemount with fullmount vehicle transporter" means a combination of vehicles consisting of a truck-tractor that tows not more than three saddlemounted vehicles. These vehicles may also include not more than one fullmounted vehicle.

(7) "Fullmount" means a smaller vehicle mounted completely on the frame of either the first or last vehicle in a saddlemount combination.

(8) "MCTD" means Motor Carrier Transportation Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

(9) "Overall length," as used in division 73 is as defined in OAR 734-071-0010(2)(i).

(10) "Saddlemount" means vehicles in which a truck or truck tractor tows one or more trucks or truck tractors, each connected by a saddle to the frame or fifth wheel of the vehicle in front of it. The saddle is a mechanism that connects the front axle of the towed vehicle to the frame or fifth wheel of the vehicle in front and functions like a fifth wheel kingpin connection.

(11) "Traditional automobile transporter" means an automobile transporter having the fifth-wheel assembly over the drive axle(s) and towing a semitrailer. The power unit may include a framework or other assembly that provides the ability to also transport automobiles.

(12) "Traditional boat transporter" means a boat transporter having the fifth-wheel assembly over the drive axle(s) and towing a semitrailer. The power unit may include a framework or other assembly that provides the ability to also transport boats.

(13) "Truck-tractor semitrailer-semitrailer" means a combination of vehicles consisting of a truck-tractor which also tows two semitrailers connected by kingpin to fifth-wheel assemblies. These combinations of vehicles do not have an intermediate converter dolly between the two semitrailers which is normally used in double trailer operations. This is commonly referred to as a 'B-Train.'

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.050, 810.060 & 818.200
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.030, 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWY 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 8-26-97; TO 2-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-14-01; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; HWD 11-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-05

734-073-0056

Truck-Tractor and Semitrailer Combinations -- National Network Highways

(1) The Federal Highway Administration determined Oregon’s grandfathered semitrailer length to be 53 feet, allowed by the STAA 1982. The length of a semitrailer operated in Oregon on the National Network Highways designated by the STAA 1982 must not exceed 53 feet. The overall length is not restricted.

(2) The length of any load carried on the semitrailer authorized in section (1) of this rule must not extend beyond the rear of the semitrailer by more than five feet.

(3) The National Network Highways in Oregon approved for operation by this rule consist only of those highways listed in Code of Federal Regulations Title 23, Part 658, Appendix A. These routes are shown in green on Route Map 7, available from the MCTD Over-Dimension Permit Unit. Route Map 7 dated January 2005 is by reference made a part of Division 73 rules.

(4) A permit is not required for the dimensions and routes authorized by this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.060, 823.011
Stats. Implemented: ORS 810.050, 818.030, 818.200, 818.220
Hist.: HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWY 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 8-26-97; TO 2-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-14-01; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; HWD 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-27-11

734-073-0060

Truck-Tractor with Semitrailer Combinations -- State-Approved Highways

(1) The length of a semitrailer in a truck-tractor and semitrailer combination shall not exceed 53 feet. The overall length of the combination shall not exceed 65 feet.

(2) The length of any load carried on the semitrailer authorized in section (1) of this rule, shall not extend beyond the rear of the semitrailer by more than five feet.

(3) State approved highways for the movement of combinations of vehicles described in section (1) of this rule, shall consist of the state highways designated by the Chief Engineer. The list of approved highways and types of vehicle combinations authorized are maintained by the Chief Engineer, and are displayed in black on Route Map 7.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.050, 810.060 & 818.220
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: 2HD 20-1983, f. & ef. 9-23-83; HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05

734-073-0063

Truck-Tractor and Trailer/Semitrailer Combinations -- Specific Routes

The operations described in OAR 734-071-0040 may be allowed on highways other than the Oregon Interstate Highway System by variance permit. A variance permit issued under this rule shall specify conditions and a route approved by the Department.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, ORS 184.619 & ORS 818.200
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.100, ORS 818.200 & ORS 818.220
Hist.: TO 4-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-30-01 thru 1-25-02; TO 8-2001, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-01

734-073-0065

Truck-Tractor with Semitrailer and Trailer Combinations and Truck-Tractor with Semitrailer and Semitrailer Combinations

(1) The maximum length of any semitrailer or trailer in a truck-tractor with semitrailer and trailer or truck-tractor with semitrailer and semitrailer combination must not exceed 40 feet.

(2) The overall length of the combination is not restricted; however, the maximum dimension when measured from the front of the first semitrailer to the rear of the second semitrailer or trailer must not exceed those dimensions set forth in section (3) of this rule.

(3)(a) Provided the distance from the front of the first semitrailer to the rear of the second semitrailer or trailer does not exceed 60 feet, the combination of vehicles may operate over Group 1 highways. Group 1 highways are shown on Group Map 1, available from the MCTD Over-Dimension Permit Unit. Group Map 1 dated January 2005 is by reference made a part of Division 73 rules;

(b) If the distance from the front of the first semitrailer to the rear of the second semitrailer or trailer is more than 60 feet but does not exceed 68 feet, the combination of vehicles may operate over those state highways listed in Code of Federal Regulations Title 23, Part 658, Appendix A, and are displayed on Route Map 7;

(c) The distance from the front of the first semitrailer to the rear of the second semitrailer or trailer must not exceed 68 feet; and

(d) The length of any load carried on the semitrailer or trailer of a truck-tractor with semitrailer and trailer or truck-tractor with semitrailer and semitrailer combination as described in this rule must not extend beyond the rear of the semitrailer or trailer by more than five feet.

(4) A permit is not required for the dimensions and routes authorized by this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.050 & 810.060
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: 2HD 20-1983, f. & ef. 9-23-83; HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWY 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 8-26-97; TO 2-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-14-01; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; HWD 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-27-11

734-073-0066

Reasonable Access

(1) Code of Federal Regulations Title 23, Part 658.19 requires Oregon to adopt provisions for Reasonable Access to terminals. For purposes of these rules, "terminal" means, at a minimum, any location where:

(a) Freight either originates, terminates, or is handled in the transportation process; or

(b) Commercial motor carriers maintain operating facilities.

(2) Reasonable access is allowed up to and including one mile on highways intersecting National Network Highways, except where specifically prohibited. OAR 734-073-0067 describes the requirements and procedures for excluding highways, roads and streets from Reasonable Access.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & ORS 818.200
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200 & ORS 818.220
Hist.: HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92

734-073-0067

Procedure for Restricting Reasonable Access

(1) Restricting reasonable access shall only be for reasons of safety and engineering analysis of the route.

(2) The State, City, or County access review process shall include:

(a) An analysis of the proposed access route using observations or other data obtained from the operation of an authorized test vehicle over the route; or

(b) Analysis of the access route proposed by application of vehicle templates to plans of the route.

(3) Denial of access to terminals and services shall be based only on safety and engineering analysis of the access route. Safety criteria include, but are not limited to, sight distance, horizontal and vertical curvature, safe passing opportunities, rail and utility crossings and accident data for the requested access.

(4) Routes are automatically approved if not acted upon within 90 days of access review application.

(5) Application shall be in the form and manner established by the road authority for access review.

(6) Reasonable access is prohibited where signs prohibiting the access are posted. These signs shall be posted only when access review has been made and the Road Authority determines the access is denied.

(7) Road Authorities may request technical assistance from the Department of Transportation to meet the requirements of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, ORS 184.619, ORS 810 & ORS 818
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200 & ORS 818.220
Hist.: HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95

734-073-0070

Revisions to Approved Routes

(1) The Chief Engineer, or his designee, may add by written order additional state highways or sections thereof, and specify the type(s) of vehicle combinations allowed by these rules. In taking such action, the Chief Engineer:

(a) Shall determine if the public interests will be served;

(b) Shall determine that the movement can be made in safety; and

(c) Shall have a trial test run conducted if he considers it appropriate.

(2) The Chief Engineer may delete by written order certain highways or sections thereof and may limit the vehicle combinations allowed. Such action may be taken for reasons of safety. The Chief Engineer shall seek the concurrence of the Federal Highway Administration for those highways listed in Code of Federal Regulations Title 23, Part 658, Appendix A.

[Publications: The publications referenced to in this rule is available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, ORS 184.619, ORS 810 & ORS 818
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200 & ORS 818.220
Hist.: 2HD 20-1983, f. & ef. 9-23-83; HWY 4-1992, f. & cert. ef. 3-25-92; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95

734-073-0080

Maximum Weight Limit on Interstate Highways

(1) The following provisions apply to maximum weights allowed on interstate highways without a permit:

(a) The provisions of Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 658 are applicable to the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, and reasonable access thereto.

(b) The maximum gross vehicle weight shall be 80,000 pounds except where lower gross vehicle weight is dictated by Bridge Weight Table 1.

(c) The maximum gross weight upon any one axle, including any one axle of a group of axles of a vehicle is 20,000 pounds.

(d) The maximum gross weight on tandem axles is 34,000 pounds.

(e) The maximum gross weight on two or more consecutive axles may not exceed the limitations specified in Bridge Weight Table 1. This table of weights was developed using the following formula, referred to as the Bridge Gross Weight Formula:

LN

W = 500 (N - 1 + 12N + 36)

where L is the distance between two or more axles, N is the number of axles of a group of axles and W is the weight in pounds, except that two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of 34,000 pounds each if the overall distance between the first and last axle is 36 feet or more.

(2) Permits may be issued without regard to section (1) through (5) of this rule for vehicles and loads which cannot be dismantled or divided (non-divisible loads) without incurring substantial costs or delay.

(3) Permits may be issued for vehicles or combinations of vehicles authorized by ORS Chapter 818 and OAR Chapter 734, Division 74.

(4) The provisions of this rule do not apply to single, or tandem axle weights, or gross weights legally authorized under Oregon law on July 1, 1956. The group of axles requirements established in this section shall not apply to vehicles legally grandfathered under Oregon group of axle weight tables or formulas on January 4, 1975.

(5) Permits may be issued for two consecutive tandem axles having a loaded weight of 34,000 pounds each, provided the distance between the first and last axles of the two tandem axles is 30 feet or more.

(6) Permits may be issued for a group of four axles consisting of a set of tandem axles and two axles spaced nine feet or more apart that have a loaded weight of 70,000 pounds provided the distance between the first and last axles of the group is 35 feet or more.

[ED. NOTE: The Tables referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, ORS 184.619, ORS 810 & ORS 818
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200 & ORS 818.220
Hist.: HWY 4-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-16-93; HWY 8-1993, f. 12-17-93, cert. ef. 1-1-94; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95

734-073-0085

Statutory Weight Exemptions not Applicable to Interstate Highways

Except when operating under the terms of a variance permit, the weight exemptions authorized by ORS 818.030(8) and (9) do not apply to vehicles operating on any interstate highway.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, ORS 810.050, ORS 818.030 & Ch. 510, OL 1993
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.030
Hist.: HWY 8-1993, f. 12-17-93, cert. ef. 1-1-94

734-073-0100

65-Foot Tractor-Semitrailer Combinations

Tractor-semitrailer combinations having an overall length in excess of 60 feet, but not exceeding 65 feet, may operate over certain designated highways. In such combinations the semitrailer may not exceed 48 feet. Designated highways where these combinations may operate are restricted to the following:

(1) Any state highway or section thereof which has two or more lanes of travel in the same direction.

(2) The highways indicated in solid black on Route Map 7, which by this reference is made a part hereof.

(3) Such additional highways which, after investigation and consideration, the Chief Engineer may deem capable of safely accommodating the described combinations of vehicles. Trial test runs may be required in determining additional route approval.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.050, 810.060, 818.200 & 818.220
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.030, 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: 1 OTC 5-1980, f. & ef. 3-27-80; HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; Renumbered from 734-071-0020; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05

734-073-0110

Specialized Equipment -- Automobile/Boat Transporters

The Federal Highway Administration determines Automobile/Boat Transporters are Specialized Equipment as provided by 23 CFR 658.13(e).

(1) Traditional automobile/boat transporters (truck tractor and semitrailer combinations) may operate without a permit on National Network Highways (Route Map 7 Green) and Route Map 7 Brown, Purple and Black Routes with an overall length of 65 feet. The overall length determination excludes load overhangs, provided the load does not extend beyond the front of the power unit by more than four feet and does not extend beyond the rear of the trailer by more than five feet. Such combinations may operate without individual vehicle length restrictions.

(2) Traditional auto/boat transporters (truck tractor and semitrailer combinations) may operate without a permit on National Network Highways (Route Map 7 Green Routes) or Route Map 7 Brown Routes and exceed a length of 65 feet, provided the semitrailer does not exceed 53 feet in length, inclusive of ramps, and the load does not extend beyond the front of the power unit by more than four feet and does not extend beyond the rear of the semitrailer by more than five feet.

(3) Automobile/boat transporters towing stinger-steered trailers may operate without a permit on National Network Highways (Route Map 7 Green Routes) and Route Map 7 Brown Routes with a length of 75 feet, excluding load overhangs, provided the load does not extend beyond the front of the power unit by more than four feet and does not extend beyond the rear of the trailer by more than five feet. Such combinations may operate without individual vehicle length restrictions.

(4) Automobile/Boat transporter operations other than those described in this rule shall not exceed the length restrictions as shown on the reverse of Group Map 1 or Route Map 7, whichever is greater.

(5) Automobile/boat transporters are authorized to transport automobiles/boats on racks above and behind the power unit cab.

(6) Automobile/boat transporters are authorized to have load protection devices or aerodynamic devices provided the devices do not exceed legal load extensions as defined in section (2) of this rule and the device is not load bearing.

[ED. NOTE: Maps referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.050 & 810.060
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.100, 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWY 8-1997, f. & cert. ef. 8-26-97; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; HWD 11-2008, f. & cert. ef. 12-15-08

734-073-0130

Specialized Equipment -- Drive-Away Operations

The Federal Highway Administration determines Drive-away saddlemount vehicle transporter combinations are Specialized Equipment as provided by 23 CFR 658.13(e)(iii).

(1) A Drive-away saddlemount vehicle transporter combination or a Drive-away saddlemount with fullmount vehicle transporter may operate without permit on National Network Highways with an overall length limit of 97 feet.

(2) All Drive-away saddlemount vehicle transporter combinations must comply with all applicable safety regulations of 49 CFR 393.71.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.050, 810.060, 818.200 & 818.220
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.030, 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05; HWD 11-2005, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-05

734-073-0140

Specialized Equipment for Transporting Logs or Poles

(1) As used in OAR chapter 734, division 73, the following two combinations of vehicles are considered the same as a truck-tractor with semitrailer and trailer combinations:

(a) A combination of vehicles capable of carrying no more than two loads of logs placed end to end consisting of a log-truck and pole trailer pulling a trailer; or

(b) A combination of vehicles transporting logs and consisting of a log-truck and two load carrying stinger-steered pole trailers with the first stinger-steered pole trailer supporting one end of logs loaded on the log-truck and one end of logs loaded on the second stinger-steered pole trailer.

(2) The following conditions apply to the vehicle combinations described in section (1) of this rule:

(a) These combinations of vehicles may not travel unladen and must only be used to transport logs or poles;

(b) The distance measured from the log bunk on the truck to the rear of the second stinger-steered pole trailer or trailer shall not exceed 68 feet;

(c) The reach of a pole trailer may not extend more than five feet from the end of the tunnel housing; and

(d) The overall length is not restricted.

(3) No part of any load carried on the trailer or the second stinger-steered pole trailer shall extend beyond the rear more than five feet.

(4) The routes approved for operation of these combinations of vehicles consist only of those highways listed in Code of Federal Regulations Title 23, Part 658, Appendix A and other approved highways as displayed on Route Map 7.

[ED. NOTE: Maps referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 810.030 & 818.200
Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.030, 818.200 & 818.220
Hist.: HWY 1-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-18-95; TO 2-2001, f. & cert. ef. 6-14-01; HWD 2-2005, f. & cert. ef. 3-18-05

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